Duck Inn

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1091 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Tuesday-Sunday evenings. We also have the best Happy Hour in town; half off bar snacks, cocktails, draft beers and glasses of wine every Tuesday through Friday 5-6pm!

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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipDKBS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck Inn was delicious and the service was great. It is a great date place but also nice place to have dinner with friends. A lot of the food portions are perfect to split. The drinks are amazing and as mentioned before- the service is great.

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LisaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find!! Loved everything about it! Even if you aren’t a duck lover you will love the Duck Inn!

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MargieS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, amazing food and friendly people. I can’t say enough great things about our visits here. They add to the menu and keep staple great plates and the drinks are phenomenal! Please visit Duck Inn , it’s tucked away in a quaint little section of Chicago and you won’t be disappointed!

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JamesJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before a show at Thalia Hall. Phenomenal food. Sat at table that was also a still functional game of asteroids. Everything we had from the cheese curds, to carrots and kale, to lamb ribs was phenomenal. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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vipDianeJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I usually love this restaurant but we had a slightly disappointing meal this week. The brussels sprouts seemed burned and the pasta dish had too much sauce and seemed thick and lumpy. We did the happy hour which was great and the service was excellent. Will go again but I doubt my first time friends will go back.

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GerardD
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for industry night and they are very generous to fellow service members!
The staff was super friendly, our server was Richard!
The food was great, we had the burrata, salmon, chicken, duck wings, duck dog, and brussel sprouts. Not a single complaint. The only thing I wasn't huge on was the "are you serious Clark". I felt It could have been a little bit sweeter.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place looks fantastic and the food is creative and delicious. We had the whole duck and I highly recommend it.

JR
JanetR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very hip place to catch a cool cocktail, hear some smooth tunes and have a great date. Our waitress was the bomb..so witty and knew her stuff. Order the duck (duh!) but if you don't dig duck, there's something for everyone. We're going back when the weather allows us to sit outside, as the patio looks very lovely.

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JaniceC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is the 2nd time visiting this restaurant. In my last review, I indicated the cocktails were excellent, this time around... not so much. The bloody mary, was a bit on the sweet side, almost like a pasta sauce with alcohol. The shrimp and grits was very good, but the chicken crackling was sooo not needed,

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chivisitor
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I gave service four stars, though the server was quite good. My only complaint was that he came so often to ask if everything was good that it became intrusive. Otherwise, as always, a great place.

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vipAlisonS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant! It’s very cozy which is perfect for a date night or intimate occasions. The food is delicious and uniquely crafted. Many online reviews raves over the hot dog and it did not disappoint! The wait staff is so friendly and engaging which exceeded our expectations!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food and inventive cocktails. Service was lovely - everyone was attentive, had a sense of humor, and were very knowledgeable about the restaurant's offerings. It was very loud near the bar, which is the only reason why I didn't rate it 5 stars. If you're not someone who's bothered by noise it's a great option in general. But I would think twice about going there for a dinner with your folks (or something like that).

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JeanetteZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve visited often, and we love Duck Inn. We were there for Sunday night dinner and it was packed. I’d just say the noise level was really high, making it quite difficult to have a conversation. Our three twenty-something’s felt the same way. Maybe lower the volume of the music just a tiny bit?

Also, and I realize this probably isn’t going to happen, but it would be lovely to have a little bread with dinner.

Thank you and we’ll be back!

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AaronC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks, the best cheese curds and of course, the best duck. Everything we had was amazing

MM
vipMollyM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine’s Day dinner option! Romantic ambiance, fabulous food, and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOD! The lamb ribs fell off the bone. Like cleanest bone I’ve seen. The pappardelle with mushrooms was so good. I went them both everyday for dinner.

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vipMaura
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Tasting Menu for Restaurant Week, everything was delicious!

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restaurantweeklover
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My party of 4 enjoyed the fabulous duck dinner, which we had preordered a few days before our visit. Our waitress Ashley was wonderful at making suggestions to complement the duck. Standouts were the Brussel sprouts and the bok choy with carrots. Ashley’s efficiency, along with Kevin Hickey’s kitchen magic, made this a memorable dining experience. We shall return...

RG
RachelG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always great. I love bringing my friends for all of the creative and flavorful dishes and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in a long time! The duck wings, Brussels sprouts and short ribs were all excellent and perfectly cooked. You could pick any of their cocktails and not go wrong.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, best restaurant in Chicago. Not only is the food amazing but it feels like you’re at home

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vipWhitney
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Duck Inn and was pleased with the Restaurant Week menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, and friendly staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know it’s a great experience when you are planning your return visit soon after the appetizers arrive. All of us want to go back, and all of us have a list of people we want to go back with. Duck inn is one of a kind.

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vipDonaldO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Chicago neighborhood restaurant. You will want to return.

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vipCarebear0323
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Wonderful... Incredible

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vipAdrienne
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We came here for restaurant week and it ended up being a big mistake. The cocktails were tasty, the service was impeccable, but the majority of our food came from the Prix fixed menu and it was no bueno. I mean, most of it was edible, but we couldn't even finish the small first course of the vegetable terrine. We knew the portions were going to be on the small side, so we decided to order two appetizers off the main menu - the duck wings and the cheese curds. The duck wings were the highlight of our night; the rest of our food, not so much. The vegetable terrine had no flavor and was lacking everything. The Lobster Shoyu dish was super salty and a one-bite dish. The tagliatelle was tasty, but not worth the price tag. The chocolate dessert thing was by far the best part of our fixed menu.

After spending over 100 dollars per person, best to steer clear from this place during restaurant week.

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vipHammer
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had duck at Duck Inn many times, and brunch. Always terrific. This time we went for the restaurant week menu, which was different from their usual fare and very imaginative. And 100% delicious. Vegetable terrine had great flavor. Beef tartare was wonderful — the grid and seasoning of the beef and the pickling of the egg yoke made it the best tartare I’ve ever had. And the parsnip tagliatelle was superb. Really a great meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review